Archive for June, 2010

Wednesday June 30, 2010 12:21

Udaan (Music review), Hindi – Amit Trivedi

Aazaadiyan’s harmonious vocals, wrapped in true rock style, take flight mid-way beautifully; the track has wonderful lyrics by Amitach Bhattacharya and equally good vocals by himself, the composer and Neuman Pinto. Geet mein is Amitabh’s show again, even as that classic rock base gorgeously invokes many rock Gods, while both the Amits sing their heart […]

Babu Rao aims to be street-smart, but something in its groove doesn’t really allow it to be. I am in love is KK’s show; brilliant one at that – delightful Pritam ballad template that hits all the right notes. Surprisingly, Karthik gets a version too – sounds mighty good! Pancham’s Duniya mein gets a Pritam-mix […]

Sarigamapadanee works more for SPB’s vocal play than for its conventional tune, but the sonorous, lullaby-like Laali paaduthunnadi is absolutely brilliant! SPB’s vocals are fabulous, while Geetha Madhuri’s intentionally mod voice helps as a contrast. Govinda‘s simple, lilting tune is its strength, while Yem sakkagunnavro and Balamani are rhythmic and foot-tapping; the latter works a […]

Tappatloi seems straight out of Keeravani’s repertoire, and its catchy tune does help. Mauname chebutendi sounds like a nice, retro melody, but it is quite bland for comfort, while Yelelo is a strange mishmash, heading nowhere. Manisharma gets back to his forte in Nee navvey; simple, pleasant rhythms, but very unlike K Vishwanath’s style! Bailele […]

For a film who’s most known virtue is the leading lady’s nude scenes, a completely ghazal-soaked soundtrack by noted sitar exponent, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan, does place its director’s intentions above that sordid, perhaps unintended marketing gimmick. Ustad’s own vocals in Ai khuda is rooted in the Jaidev style of filmy ghazals and those minor […]

Saturday June 26, 2010 17:08

Sanchari (Music review), Kannada – AP Arjun

Galiye nodu baa touches beautifully on Darbari Kanada and along with Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal’s brilliant vocals, this is a brilliant track. More Sonu goodness happens in Bhoomi suttodu, where Chitra pitches in, for a lovely, very tuneful melody. Kannasaneyali, despite that Ismail Darbar-like orchestration and raaga usage, has a blasé indifference to it. […]

Out of the two songs by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, only Ullu da pattha works, for its casual, rollicking charm, while I love Amreeka gets drowned under its own predictability. Dhruv Dhalla’s Shor sharaba is at best a muddled track with vaguely likeable phrases, while his other track, Kukduk, lays on the Punju jadedness with alarming […]

Aanandhapurathu Veedu is a remarkable soundtrack – it makes it clear even in its CD that all the songs are composed on one single raag – Vasantha. Karthik’s incredible vocals, Suchitra’s counter-point interludes and some zingy orchestration make Chithira vaanam a delightful listen. Nee nee makes use of a child’s sound very, very beautifully, even […]

Aila re seems like a raucous homage to Pancham’s Jahan teri yeh nazar hai and works well – Daler and Kalpana Patowary vocals are high on enthusiasm. The Marathi-pop Nana chi taang is conceived like a breezy 80s pop track and is solid fun; Kunal Ganjawala is a brilliant choice! KK and Sunidhi’s Sajde* is […]

Sunday June 20, 2010 09:47

Raavan (Movie review), Hindi – Maniratnam

If I were to sum up what went wrong in Raavan, it’d perhaps be, ‘Ramayan killed the Raavan star’. In other words, nothing is wrong with Raavan – the audience’s expectation of it being Ramayan’s retelling is the problem. There is enough intelligence pumped by Mani into this film but unfortunately the country is very […]

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